Marxist Feminism and its Importance in Today’s World of Intersectional Approaches

  • Ananya Bhardwaj St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi.
Keywords: Marxism, Feminism, intersectionality, class, oppression


This paper deals with the relevance of Marxist Feminism in the 21st century. It begins by talking about Marxism and Feminism as independent schools of thought and then goes on to discuss how their amalgamation is the need of the hour since disparities based on class structures is something even Intersectional Feminism doesn't delve into. This paper tries to critique both through the lens of the other and aims to prove how at the point of their intersection we can expect a change. It also discusses the struggles of the working class and their revolution within the feminist framework.



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Author Biography

Ananya Bhardwaj, St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi.

Ananya Bhardwaj is pursuing Master’s degree in English Literature at St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. She is also working on a research project with Zubaan (reg. 2003) which aims to document women labourers’ participation in India’s political economy. Her research papers have been published in national and international journals and presented at conferences hosted by Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jadavpur University, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, etc. Her research interests include South Asian Postcolonial studies, Partition Literature, Feminist and Marxist Theory, and Literatures of the Diaspora.


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How to Cite
Bhardwaj, A. “Marxist Feminism and Its Importance in Today’s World of Intersectional Approaches”. Contemporary Literary Review India, Vol. 8, no. 1, Feb. 2021, pp. 43-51,
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